Week Ending 11th May

We are delighted to be able to announce that we have been designated as a Teaching School by the DfE. This is recognition of the quality of teaching and learning within the school, as we will be asked to provide training and outreach opportunities for other schools by sharing the work we currently do. As we find out more details we will let you know.

This week has seen some additional signage provided by the builders at the front of the school to draw further attention to our new temporary Reception location. Please remember that Reception is now on the right at the top of the drive!  As building works continue we will be meeting with the builders this week in readiness for the GCSE exams that start next week.  The builders, just like all of us, are committed to ensuring there will be no disruption to Year 11 for their all-important exams.

The Year 7 Choir participated in a very exciting recording project on Tuesday. Mr Roche, the guitar and ukulele group leader, was commissioned to compose a piece for the Royal Observatory in London. As part of the piece, a youth choir was needed to perform and Mr Roche kindly asked if the Year 7 choir would take on this role. The choir spent Tuesday afternoon learning and recording the music. Once the music has been professionally edited, it will be shared across the globe. Should you pay a visit to the Royal Observatory please listen out for the music!

Our annual mural project has taken place this week, with street artist Jon Bates working in school with us for three days. This year former student Miranda Binfield Gonzales was honoured with her GCSE art exam piece recreated on the walls of the Bateson Road playground. Once again Jon has wowed us with his spray painting talents to enlarge and reproduce this powerful artwork. All tutor groups have been exploring the themes of the artwork, discussing public art and students have enjoyed watching Jon at work at break and lunch times and as part of their art lessons. Jon has also worked with a group of Year 10 art students for a day. Students created their own stenci images and used spray paint to create propaganda poster style portraits. This art work will go towards their Art GCSE and hopefully inspire the development of their own creative techniques and artwork. This project has been generously funded by the PTA.

The month of Ramadan is starting next week and there will be many students at Chesterton who will be fasting throughout the day. Ramadan is the ninth Islamic month, when all Muslims around the world observe fast from dawn till sunset for an entire month. Students will be shown a special Ramadan PowerPoint presentation during tutor time next week to gain a better understanding of why Muslims fast during this month. The presentation will include tips and advice for those students who will be fasting during the exam period and how to prepare for it in the best possible way. Mr Alam will provide a room for the fasting students where they can spend their lunch time in a quiet place. More information will be given to students nearer the time. To all those parents and guardians that are observing fasting from next week, Ramadan Mubarak!

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